In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn’t necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Gibson has been targeted at least seven times in four of his last five games and has registered 22 catches in those five. He has been the most stable target among Rams receiving options, especially in point-per-reception setups.
- The Chiefs have allowed 172.5 yards and 1.00 touchdown grabs on 11.75 catches per game against wideouts. They've faced competent passing games (San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos) and made shakier units look steady (Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks).
Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
A Royal option this week
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 3
- Royal has at least 10 looks in two of his last three games; he mustered 10 catches total in that pair, including a four-catch, 46-yard performance in Week 14.
- The Raiders have permitted wideouts to average only 8.25 catches per game, but it's the 169.3 yards (20.5 average) and 1.25 touchdowns that makes them a tantalizing matchup. As Kyle Orton has struggled in the last month, he has looked toward Royal more often.
- Asomugha will probably be matched up with Brandon Lloyd, leaving the rest of Denver's receiving options with a better opportunity for stats output.
NEW - Mohamed Massaquoi, Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Colt McCoy (ankle) is expected to start in Week 15 and for the rest of the season. At first glance, that hurts the receivers, but Massaquoi was catching on to McCoy before the QB went down, targeted nine times in McCoy's last start.
- M&M owners - yes, there are some - prefer Jake Delhomme to be QB, but this matchup is QB-irrelevant. Cincy might be without cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle) once again. Their secondary is much more vulnerable when he isn't in there. Lately, the Bengals have allowed wideouts to average 13.75 catches, 204.3 yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game.
- Scrounging for flex help? Massaquoi deserves a waiver wire pickup for this week's matchup.
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